Friday, 11 March 2011

One is the median of .... EVERYTHING?

Another little gem from the Futility Closet....

Write out the numbers ONE through NINE and alphabetize them.
ONE appears in the center.
Do the same for ONE through NINETEEN and ONE through NINETY-NINE.
In each case, ONE remains in the center.
(Discovered by Edward Wolpow.)

So here is my contribution..
One is also the in the middle of alphabetical listings up to :
9, 11, 15, 19, but after twenty, a long run of t's skew the count toward the end of the alphabet.... SOoooo

For what percentage of the numbers 1-99 or 1-999 is one the median of the alphabetical listings of 1-n

could we write a general function? 
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